Online Special Education Master's Degree for Teaching Those with Visual Impairments
Our Special Education Master of Arts – Visual Impairment Emphasis program will give you the skills and knowledge to help students with visual impairments meet their potential in academic and social areas of their lives. This program prepares you to work with students from birth to age 21 with a special emphasis on the needs of early childhood and elementary-aged students. You will also complete meaningful field-based experiences with visually impaired students in your home community.
Courses are delivered entirely online, which allows you to continue working while obtaining your master's degree.
This program is designed for...
- Those looking for a career change – if you are not currently a teacher, talk to the Program Coordinator about any additional requirements.
A History of Excellence
The School of Special Education at the University of Northern Colorado has a long history of excellence in the preparation of special education teachers. The school is fully accredited by the Colorado Department of Education and the Colorado Higher Learning Commission.
42 (or less; see Course of Study tab)
Time to Completion:
Delivery Option & Start Term:
Online program: start any term
Required Coursework (42 Credit Hours or Less)
Note: if you are already licensed as a special education teacher, you will likely be able to complete this master's degree with 36 credit hours because we may be able to waive three courses (the ones noted below with an asterisk).
For an example of upcoming courses, visit the Current Students page.
- EDSE 510 Foundations of Special Education (3) *
- EDSE 511 Learning Environments and Cultural Considerations (3) *
- EDSE 512 Assessment, IEP Development and Instructional Planning (3) *
- EDSE 541 Introduction to Visual Impairment and Deaf-Blindness (3)
- EDSE 543 Braille Codes and Formats (3)
- EDSE 546 Principles of Orientation and Mobility (3)
- EDSE 548 Medical and Educational Implications of Visual Impairments (3)
- EDSE 549 Assessment of Students with Visual Impairments (3)
- EDSE 640 Methods of Teaching Students with Visual Impairment (3)
- EDSE 642 Advanced Seminar in Education of Students with Visual Disabilities (3)
- EDSE 644 Practicum in Education of Students with Visual Impairments K-12 (6-12)
- EDSE 645 Advanced Braille Codes and Formats (3)
- SRM 600 Introduction to Graduate Research (3)
For full details, see the official program listing in the UNC Graduate Catalog.
- Learn more about the School of Special Education Faculty.
- Special Education: Deaf & Hard of Hearing (Master's)
- Special Education: Early Childhood (Master's or Endorsement)
- Special Education: Generalist (Master's or Endorsement)
- Special Education: Gifted Education (Master's, Endorsement or Certificate)
- Special Education – Intervention Specialist: Academic Coaching & Leadership (Master's)
- Special Education – Intervention Specialist: Applied Behavior Analysis (Master's; BCBA-Related)